Painting Fondant? Help!!

Decorating By tdybear1978 Updated 28 Feb 2014 , 5:53pm by mrsv

tdybear1978 Posted 11 Jul 2007 , 10:20pm
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I will be making my first fondant covered stacked crazy cake this weekend and I will be painting the fondant (also for the first time) I did a little practice piece today and just wanted to ask - is there a specific type of brush I should be using? does it matter, will there be the strokes in there? I tried one with a regular paintbrush and one with like a sponge brush but both pretty much left the stroke patterns, not real bad but just wanted to ask. thanks

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tdybear1978 Posted 11 Jul 2007 , 10:39pm
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anyone??

miriel Posted 11 Jul 2007 , 10:40pm
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To paint large areas, I use a 1" sponge brush. On small areas, I use a soft sable brush. If I get stroke marks, I mix my luster dust/vodka a little thicker or go over the area again carefully with a second coat.

tdybear1978 Posted 11 Jul 2007 , 10:45pm
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thank you so much for responding. if anyone else has some suggestions they are welcomed.

aine2 Posted 11 Jul 2007 , 10:48pm
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I agree with miriel....I use sable brushes too. Cheaper brushes I found kept losing hair! If I am unhappy with the first coat of paint, I let it dry completely before applying another and I always brush in one direction. Have you tried painting mixing powder lustre colours with a little confectioner glaze? It paints on like varnish and leaves a shine. You need isopropyl alcohol to clean your brush afterwards though. I don't do lots of painting so my advice isn't expert. icon_wink.gif

tdybear1978 Posted 11 Jul 2007 , 10:59pm
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where can I get sable brushes? i have not heard of those

aoliveira Posted 11 Jul 2007 , 11:04pm
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On the same topic, how long does it usually take to dry?

I painted some fondant flowers with a luster dust/vodka mixture and a week later, they were still sticky. Just wondering what I did wrong.

Alex

grama_j Posted 11 Jul 2007 , 11:04pm
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You can get sable brushes at almost all craft shops.... Walmart even carries them.... they are a tad more expensive, but worth it.....

Jenn2179 Posted 11 Jul 2007 , 11:12pm
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Originally Posted by aine2

a little confectioner glaze?




What is confectioner glaze?

aine2 Posted 11 Jul 2007 , 11:18pm
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miriel Posted 11 Jul 2007 , 11:54pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by aoliveira

On the same topic, how long does it usually take to dry?

I painted some fondant flowers with a /vodka mixture and a week later, they were still sticky. Just wondering what I did wrong.

Alex




When I wet paint using vodka/luster dust, it dries in minutes, no more than an hour. Were your fondant flowers dry when you painted? Does the paint come off when touched?

tdybear1978 Posted 12 Jul 2007 , 12:10am
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i was mixing my luster dust with almond extract - will this affect the taste of the fondant?

tdybear1978 Posted 12 Jul 2007 , 12:57am
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does anyone know if the almond extract will affect the tast of the fondant - in a bad way?

aoliveira Posted 12 Jul 2007 , 1:33am
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tdybear1978-it shouldn't affect the taste at all. Using vodka or lemon juice just makes it dry faster.

miriel-the fondant was dry and the paint was sticky and did smudge when I touched it.

How much vodka to luster dust do u use?

tdybear1978 Posted 12 Jul 2007 , 3:13pm
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I am going to be adding a little bit of vanilla extract to my fondant to give it a better taste and was just a little worried about painting the fondant with an almond flavoring, if the flavors would collide.

miriel Posted 14 Jul 2007 , 4:50am
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Aoliveira, I just mix enough vodka/extract to make it like paint consistency or that of heavy whipping cream.

mrsv Posted 28 Feb 2014 , 5:53pm
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AI painted some fondant dogwood flowers for a cake and they weren't drying so I put them in a low oven (170) for a couple hours to take the moisture out. They dried beautifully, I'm planning on buying a dehydrator this spring to stretch fresh fruit over the winter, I think it might come in handy for drying fondant decs too. I'm sure I just put the color on too thick. I love the look of watercolors and layered the color on for that effect. I may try drying between layers to see if I can save drying time without loosing too much of that look....

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